If you are a veteran living with Parkinson’s disease, you may be eligible for certain benefits. PAN works to ensure that veterans who have Parkinson’s disease as a result of their military service receive the benefits they are entitled to.
Traumatic Brain Injury
In December 2013, the VA finalized a new regulation that will make it easier for some veterans with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) who also have parkinsonism, including Parkinson’s disease, to receive additional disability pay. This will enable the VA to decide these claims more expeditiously and efficiently.
The new regulation, which took effect January 16, 2014, will impact veterans living with TBI who also have Parkinson’s disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked seizures, or certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. If a veteran had a moderate or severe TBI as a result of service and also has Parkinson’s, then the Parkinson’s will also be considered service connected for the calculation of VA disability compensation.
PAN submitted comments on the proposed regulation and encouraged Parkinson’s advocates to submit comments in support of the proposal.
Veterans who have questions or who wish to file new disability claims may use the eBenefits website, available at www.eBenefits.va.gov.
In 2010, the VA recognized Parkinson’s disease as associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service in Vietnam. Veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease who served in-country or on the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides.
In June 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded benefits to Air Force veterans and reserve personnel who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange. Learn more.
Vietnam veterans may apply for disability compensation for Parkinson’s disease using the VA’s online eBenefits system, working with an accredited representative or agent, or going to a VA regional office and having a VA employee assist you. To learn more about the process, please click here.
Surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents of veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of Parkinson’s may be eligible for survivors’ benefits.
To learn more, go to the Agent Orange Parkinson’s Disease website or call the Agent Orange Toll-Free Help Line at 1-800-749-8387.